Women's bowling nominees January 24, 2019

In T20, they took plenty

The best of the bowling action in the women's game came in the shortest format

Cometh the hour, cometh Taylor © ICC

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Rumana Ahmed
2 for 22 v India
Final, T20 Asia Cup, Kuala Lumpur

Ahmed's all-round show had fashioned Bangladesh's momentous seven-wicket league-stage victory over the title-holders, India. In the low-scoring final, she came to the fore again, imparting calculated loop and occasional topspin to her legbreaks. India managed just the one boundary in her two economical two-over spells; the tournament's top-scorer, Harmanpreet Kaur, only scored nine singles off the 11 deliveries she faced from Ahmed. Ahmed's double strike in the 15th over accounted for the No. 8 batsman Shikha Pandey and wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia. Her 4-0-22-2 restricted India to a below-par 112, which Bangladesh overhauled in a humdinger of a finish.

Deandra Dottin
5 for 5 v Bangladesh
World T20, Providence

After Harmanpreet Kaur's batting pyrotechnics in the World T20 opener, Deandra Dottin danced away with the closing honours of the triple-header day, producing a blockbuster performance with the ball. On a sluggish Guyana surface, Dottin clocked 120kph at will, and took her career- and tournament-best figures in an uninterrupted spell. Undone by Dottin's pace, movement, and the desultory footwork of their batsmen, Bangladesh folded for 46 in 14.4 overs, chasing 107. Four of their batsmen had their stumps clattered by Dottin. The pick of her five-for was a ripper that zoomed past a timid poke to take the top of Lata Mondal's off.

Sciver: she's got the power © Getty Images

Stafanie Taylor
4 for 12 v South Africa
World T20, Gros Islet

South Africa needed 55 runs off 45 balls with seven wickets in hand; there was little to suggest their chase of 108 was in jeopardy. That was when West Indies captain Taylor introduced herself into the attack, despite a neck injury. A dramatic collapse ensued as Taylor took a wicket in each of her four overs - starting with that of the experienced Sune Luus. Taylor bowled loopy offspin and was backed by superlative fielding, which denied South Africa boundaries and drew miscues that sent the visitors plummeting to 76 all out.

Natalie Sciver
3 for 4 v South Africa
World T20, Gros Islet

In the absence of Katherine Brunt, who was out injured, Sciver shared new-ball duties with Anya Shrubsole, and provoked a collapse from South Africa. Twenty dot balls across three spells where she consistently touched 70mph set up Sciver's haul. It started with getting opener Lizelle Lee lbw and peaked in a sensational double-wicket maiden 18th over. That preceded a Shrubsole hat-trick in the final over. Her and Sciver's dual medium-pace offensive headlined a seven-wicket triumph for England in a must-win group fixture.

Ashleigh Gardner
3 for 22 v England
Final, World T20, North Sound

Australia's bowlers struck early but Danielle Wyatt and Heather Knight put up a semblance of resistance for the fourth wicket. On came Gardner in the 11th over with her accurate, no-nonsense offspin to get rid of Wyatt, Anya Shrubsole and Knight, in that order, bowl ten dot balls in all, and finish with a career-best 3 for 22. Gardner then went on to make an unbeaten 33 as Australia made short work of the target of 105.

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Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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